Contra Costa Interfaith Housing Backpack Drive
Jun
14
to Aug 10

Contra Costa Interfaith Housing Backpack Drive

Join us in collecting backpacks filled with school supplies to ensure the academic success of low-income students. Many CCIH students do not have the resources needed to buy required school supplies every year. With your support, every student in CCIH’s Homework Clubs will feel ready and inspired to tackle the school year with the resources needed to succeed. Please see enclosed wish list. Bring your donations to church before August 11. Thank you!

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Service and Immersion Trip
Aug
8
to Aug 11

Service and Immersion Trip

Service and Immersion Trip,
August 8-11, 2018
This summer, we are offering an inter-generational trip to Fresno, CA. All ages are welcome! Working with the Fresno Interdenominational Refuge Ministry (F.I.R.M.,
www.firminc.org), we have the opportunity to serve various refuge communities, participate in different cultural orientations, and eat a variety of ethnic meals - while sharing conversation with hose of different backgrounds.
(Four of our meals will be: Ethiopian, Laotian, Syrian, and Vietnamese.)

Housing options include the campus of Fresno State, and the Ramada Inn. Participants can
choose to have an individual room, or share accommodations (rates will vary based on
choice). Parent/s and child/ren are able to share a room. Cost per participant ranges from
$325-$540, based on the housing option that is chosen.

Scholarships and grants will be available to any participant to help subsidize the cost.Here are the complete itinerary, and a registration form.

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Adult Support Group
Jun
9
10:00 AM10:00

Adult Support Group

Are you in need of support? A group has been formed to remind us that we are not alone as we journey through life’s challenges. This group is designed to give you a confidential forum for discussion, support, and encouragement, as you meet with others. Facilitated by Lee Cruise.

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The Children's Hospital Project
Jun
4
to Jun 12

The Children's Hospital Project

The youth at JAMM Camp will be making toiletry kits for parents of sick kids at Children’s Hospital. We are asking the congregation to donate the supplies, or make a financial donation (with “Hospital Project” in the memo line.)
Here is the list of what they need (travel sizes):
·       Shampoo, conditioner, soap

·       Deodorant

·       Shaver

·       Toothbrush, Toothpaste

·       Comb/Brush

A collection box for your donations is located in the narthex

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An Interfaith Accompaniment Story @ Congregation B'nai Tikvah
Jun
3
3:00 PM15:00

An Interfaith Accompaniment Story @ Congregation B'nai Tikvah

We have been invited to join our friends at Congregation B'nai Tikvah (and our partners with the Immigrant Accompaniment Team) to meet Leandro and Gabriela, and to learn about one family’s experience with our broken immigration system. 

 We have been helping Leandro and Gaby address a variety of issues and needs associated with their immigration status, and we’d like you to meet this wonderful family and share in their experience. We will be gathering at Congregation B'nai Tikvah from 3:00-5:00 pm to hear first-hand about the family’s experience, with time for questions and answers. 

 We will also share a light dinner, featuring Gaby’s home cooked tamales, and have plenty of time to socialize and learn how we can help to make our communities a more welcoming place for immigrant families. 

 Congregation B'nai Tikvah is located at 25 Hillcroft Way, Walnut Creek, CA 94597

 For more information contact Rev. Jim (jim@orindachurch.org, 925-254-4906) or Michael Fischer (mjf1155@gmail.com, 925-212- 9653).

 If you would be willing to help by providing salad, or a complementary dish, please let Jim know.  We are asked to have all dishes be vegetarian.

 

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Foodbank Sorting
May
21
11:15 AM11:15

Foodbank Sorting

We will return to the Alameda County Community Food Bank to help sort food. We'll leave
church at 11:15 a.m., stop at In-N-Out for lunch, then serve from 12:30-3:30 p.m. (returning to
church at 4:00 p.m.) If you would like to be part of this group, please email jim@orindachurch.org Let Jim know if you want to carpool and get lunch, or meet us there at 12:30. We can take at least 10
volunteers!

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Besides the Bible Book Group
May
6
4:00 PM16:00

Besides the Bible Book Group

There are many books in the world that speak to faith, mystery, wonder, community, and our place in the world.  On May 6 we will be discussing One Hundred Years of Solitude by Gabriel Garcia Marquez, a classic of magical realism.   (Orinda Books is offering us a 10% discount, or you can order on your own). We hope you'll join us.

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2ns Hour Forum: Gratitude
May
6
11:30 AM11:30

2ns Hour Forum: Gratitude

Did you know?... Regular grateful thinking can increase happiness by as much as 25 percent, while keeping a gratitude journal for as little as three weeks results in better sleep and more energy.  

Please join us for a conversation on the topic of Gratitude, and how
to
put this powerful emotion into practice. 

We will be led by Mitch Breitwieser, and will refer to a variety of sources; including Diana Butler Bass's new book Grateful.  [There are a couple copies in the narthex if you'd like to borrow one.]

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Environmental Justice
Apr
22
12:00 PM12:00

Environmental Justice

The Mercy & Justice Ministry is having a second hour on Earth Day, Sunday, April 22. This will be a fun event with participants finding their own carbon footprint and participating in a “scavenger hunt” to find evidence of what the church is currently doing to conserve energy and to find areas where the church may improve. There will be lots of info to take home and action opportunities as well. Please join us for a fun  and informative time.

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New Member Inquirer's Class
Mar
25
8:45 AM08:45

New Member Inquirer's Class

Interested in learning more about the Orinda Community Church?  Do you wonder what it means to be a member of the church?  Come for conversation and light breakfast, and get all your questions answered.  Contact Rev. Jim Brommers Bergquist (jim@orindachurch.org) with questions, or to RSVP.  

 

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Book Group in the Fireside Room
Mar
18
4:00 PM16:00

Book Group in the Fireside Room

For our March gathering, we will be reading Flannery O'Connor's first novel Wise Blood. There are a few copies in the church narthex. Wine and cheese will be provided.

"This classic of twentieth-century literature is the story of Hazel Motes, a twenty-two-year-old caught in an unending struggle against his inborn, desperate fate. He falls under the spell of a "blind" street preacher named Asa Hawks and his degenerate fifteen-year-old daughter, Sabbath Lily. In an ironic, malicious gesture of his own non-faith, and to prove himself a greater cynic than Hawks, Motes founds the Church Without Christ, but is still thwarted in his efforts to lose God. He meets Enoch Emery, a young man with "wise blood," who leads him to a mummified holy child and whose crazy maneuvers are a manifestation of Motes's existential struggles. This tale of redemption, retribution, false prophets, blindness, blindings, and wisdom gives us one of the most riveting characters in American fiction."

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God of Film : "The Apostle" in the Fireside Room
Mar
1
11:30 AM11:30

God of Film : "The Apostle" in the Fireside Room

"In The Apostle, Robert Duvall electrifies, providing a portrait of a volatile man possessed by the sacred. His character E.F., "just call me 'Sonny,'" dominates the film and everyone in it. Like a natural force from the southern heartland, he moves through people's lives with the subtlety of a Gulf Coast thunderstorm. Violent, embracing, and ornery, he transforms those drenched by his words and spun by his swift passage. Charged with God, he is Flannery O'Connor's bull, bringing grace even to those who would avoid it." (Joel Martin) For this performance, Duvall won the Oscar for Best Actor.  

Popcorn and drinks will be provided.

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